There is nothing worse than doing an extended shoot and suddenly running out of power in your camera battery. Inevitably, it'll happen right when the mood is perfect and things are finally going exactly as you wanted. In a recent example from my life, I ran out of power while making a timelapse of the complete solar eclipse. I was shooting over the Tetons in Idaho at the very center of the eclipse...and I've got nothing to show for it. Had I been using the Case Relay from TetherTools, that never would have happened. Simple utility The Case … [Read more...] about Gear Review: TetherTool’s Case Relay
If you ever leave your house and spend time away, then this battery may be a good option for you. The PowerElf from iForway is sleek and compact but offers a significant amount of electricity and several good options for charging. I've been using it on a three-week trip. I charged it before I left and used it for phone charges, camera battery charges, and even topping off my laptop and it's still got juice in it. PowerElf features The PowerElf has two USB ports for phones and tablets and whatever else charges off USB. Many cameras' battery … [Read more...] about Gear Review: iForway PowerElf Portable Power Station
I recently added a Nikon D850 to my arsenal, and more recently, had the opportunity to test it out with the addition of a Vello BG-N19 battery grip. The battery grip was provided to me by B&H for the purposes of this review. What is a battery grip? There are generally two different types of battery grips, one built-in (e.g. Nikon D5) and the other an add-on accessory. A battery grip allows for near seamless transition from landscape to portrait orientation, with a redundant set of camera controls and more battery power. The battery grip … [Read more...] about The Vello BG-N19 Battery Grip for Nikon D850
How many times have you pushed the shutter release on your camera, to take that perfect photograph, only to find your battery is dead and you don’t have another. Let’s face it, as photographers we are only as good as the battery power on hand. Battery power can be challenging at times, when traveling. Lots of batteries mean lots of extra weight. Battery chargers take up precious space in your suitcase. Many hotel rooms don't provide enough working electrical outlets to charge all of your devices at the same time. If you are in the wilderness … [Read more...] about The Traveling Photographer: Powering Up!
One complaint about mirrorless cameras is that their battery life is poor compared to DSLR's. Considering all that the battery does in mirrorless cameras, I'm actually amazed at how great the battery life is. The viewfinder, LCD, shutter, autofocus, and image stabilization are all driven by the one battery, plus the wifi and GPS functions you can activate. Nevertheless, here are some ways to maximize the battery life and keep shooting and these will help DSLR users, too. 1. Use the Viewfinder The large LCD on the back of your camera uses much … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Battery Life
Most high-end digital SLR cameras come with a built-in battery grip. If your camera doesn't have a grip, don't worry, 3rd party grips are inexpensive and easy to install. Here’s why you should consider adding a battery grip to your camera. Easy to install Installing a battery grip is as simple as removing a few rubber pieces on the bottom of your camera, line up the pins and tightening the knob. Some cameras are even easier. Just remove the battery door, slide the grip into place and tighten the knob. Extends Shooting Time A battery … [Read more...] about Studio Tip: Add a Battery Grip to Your Camera
A recent update for the GoPro Hero5 firmware (v01.55) makes the camera unable to use batteries made by other manufacturers. This is troublesome because 3rd party or off-brand batteries are typically much cheaper than a manufacturer's batteries. Of course, the off-brand batteries often don't last as long as the OEM units, but they are still cheaper per use than the OEM. On the other hand, many camera manufacturers include smart technology in their batteries that allow them to communicate status with the camera beyond how much power is left. … [Read more...] about GoPro Update Eliminates Off-Brand Batteries & A Huge Surprise
One of the best reasons to go to trade shows is to get your hands on new gear. I'm not talking about the latest camera or lens from Nikon or Canon--you can hold that and try it on at the camera store any time you want. No, the best gear to get your hands on is all the accessories that aren't out of box in camera stores. My favorite booth for great accessories at WPPI this year was Phottix, where I found the handiest accessory I've seen in a while. The Worst Thing That Can Happen Say you're photographing an eventa wedding reception, or maybe the … [Read more...] about One Must Have Accessory for Event Photographers
While GoPro cameras offer awesome point of view shots, they don't have the best battery life. I went into the test labs to see which battery lasted the longest. Learn how close the third party (and much cheaper) batteries were to the expensive GoPro batteries. This tutorial will help you decide which battery is best for your setup. Watch the follow-up movies within this series at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JswRVx2q_q8 This specific tutorial is from the Video Gear Weekly series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie … [Read more...] about Which GoPro Battery Lasts the Longest?
Life on set can be crazy . . . You're thinking about the set design, lights, backgrounds, camera settings, models, hair and makeup, pleasing your clients, the art director breathing down your neck, etc. Every time I finish a shoot, I reflect back to find things that might have made the day go a little easier. I use rechargeable batteries in my speedlights, so I can't throw them out when theyre dead. This leaves a large pile of dead batteries on the floor next to my bag. Throughout the day, I never know which batteries are fully charged and … [Read more...] about Keep Track of your Rechargeable Batteries
Speedlights are some of the best tools in my bag. I can set them up in just minutes, and they can really help add dimension to my scene. The only problem with them is powermy 4 speedlights take 4 AA batteries each. That's 16 batteries each time I want to use my lights. Depending on the output power, one set of batteries might not last you through a full day of shooting. Over time, the cost of buying disposable batteries can really add up and it might make financial sense to purchase rechargeable batteries. Choosing Batteries The best choice for … [Read more...] about The Best Rechargeable Batteries for your Speedlights
Lighting options that don't require electric power cords are always welcome. In this tutorial I'll explore some benefits and workflows when using battery-powered lights on a video set. These constant lights can also be adapted for use on a photo shoot as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m--vYmHIQ9o This specific tutorial is from the Video Gear Weekly series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and offers reviews and tips on the latest video gear, … [Read more...] about Using Battery Powered Lights
If you're on the go, being able to recharge your camera batteries is a must. In this video, I'll teach you how to use an inverter so you can charge (or even run) your gear from any car. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEFT6D4rB4w This specific tutorial is from the presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and offefs reviews and tips on the latest video gear, from cameras like the Blackmagic 4K and GoPros to lighting, accessories, and adapters. … [Read more...] about How to Charge the Battery on Your Camera from a Car
If you're a Canon body owner, you might think that getting some good spare batteries for cheap would be a great idea! That would mean hours upon hours of shooting, right? Well, those hours could be substantially cut down and could cause some other frustration. The horrible keyword is "cheap." Ya dig? I love saving money, although I'm horrible at it. Wait, I should rephrase that. I love finding deals. Quite often, you'll be able to find some third party batteries for popular Canon bodies for a relatively inexpensive price--$15 for a battery! … [Read more...] about Canon’s Common Counterfeits
Batteries. Seems a creative professionals life runs on batteries. The ability to work on the go, anywhere, any time. My phone, tablet, laptop, cameras all run on batteries. The Problem with Rechargeable Batteries Over time, rechargeable batteries wear out and need to be replaced. Im not talking about losing a charge, rather the total number of charges that a battery can hold before its used up. Batteries over time suffer from a few problems. Cycles. A battery can only be recharged so many times before it essentially stops being able to hold … [Read more...] about The Nightmare of Replacing a Battery on a Mac Laptop (Why Your Machine Might Be Lying to You)
Running out of battery power in a camera is a sure way to stop shooting. No juice... no pictures. Sure, you could just swap in another battery... but that approach isn't always convenient or possible. Shooting video? A dead battery means a lost shot. Shooting timelapse? A subtle change in framing from a bumped camera will quickly destroy the illusion. Shooting Panoramic or HDR? That series is lost and you'll need to start over. Lose the Moment? Do you really want to miss a shot in the middle of the action because your camera goes … [Read more...] about Get More Power for Your Camera